MY THOUGHTS I was expecting so much more in this book. Granted, I didn't kThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 2.5
MY THOUGHTS I was expecting so much more in this book. Granted, I didn't know much about it when I picked it up, but I knew it was a dystopian and the tagline promises a lot more than I ended up reading. This book was okay, but it's basically a coming-of-age with robots and not a whole lot happens.
This book begins in the year 2049 on Tania's eleventh birthday and follows her throughout her teenage years. Tania lives in a world where there are few human children left, because a majority of the population is unable to have children. Instead, they adopt robot children. They look human and act human, even think they're human, but each are owned by a government corporation called Oxted. And once they reach 18, Oxted takes them back.
This book is written in diary format, as Tania's diary. She starts it at age 11 and continues writting out the details of her life as the years go back. It's an interesting format and Tania's voice was very strong in the writing. She also wrote as if to a future race, which could be annoying, but I actually thought that made it more real. I would probably wonder that too, and who's to say it's not possibly? In fact, there are intervals throughout the book that are actually from a future race reading Tania's diary. This was interesting, but unnecessary to the story. It was also really confusing.
I like the idea behind the book behind the robot children, but this book was less high-stakes dystopian and more coming-of-age. I wasn't expecting that and while I did like the ideas the book had (sorry for being vague, but I'm trying to avoid spoilers), this book was extremely slow-paced. Not much happened at all, it was mostly details of Tania's life. Granted, she's in the future, but not a whole lot happens.
Tania, as a character, she's okay. I thought it was interesting seeing her grow and learn more about the world she was living in. She has her flaws, but she did feel real. I can't really say much about her without spoiling things, though.
As for romance, Tania kind of likes a guy throughout the book, but I really didn't feel anything from it. It was really meh.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I wasn't overly impressed by this book. It has a very interesting idea, but it wasn't what I was expecting. If you want to read a slow-paced coming-of-age in a futuristic society, then this is for you, but not enough happened to pique my interest....more
MY THOUGHTS This is kind of a staple book and I figured it was about timeThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5
MY THOUGHTS This is kind of a staple book and I figured it was about time I read it. I loved the bookish-ness of the book! This book was also incredibly imaginative!
Meggie lives with her father, Mo, who is a book doctor and fixes books. It isn't until a stranger comes to them one night the Meggie ends up caught up in her father's secrets. Mo has the power to read characters, and things, to life from the pages of the book. Years ago, he accidentally read a villain to life and now the villain is searching for Mo, so that he can use Mo's power.
Being a huge booknerd, I love reading books about books. This book is like bookception, it's a book within a book, and I loved it. Also, what booknerd hasn't dreamed of having the characters come to life? But this book definitely shows the downside to that. The overall imagination of this book is astounding as well! Still, this book does have flaws. I've read one other Cornelia Funke book and noticed that her writing seems to be a bit long at times and a bit slow-paced. This wasn't a big problem, but I felt like the book could've been shorter. I also expected more magic, even though there was some, but it took awhile for t to appear.
The cast of characters was great, both the good and the bad. I liked Meggie. For one, she loves to read, but I loved how strong she was for one her age. I also liked Elinor and her house of books, even though it took awhile to like her. I had a hard time with Dustfinger, because I liked him and felt for him, but he has a lot of flaws.The villains in this book are also all especially evil.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I think this book is a great read for booknerds and fans of fantasy. This book was very imaginative and I enjoyed reading it. This book did have it's flaws, but I still liked it and I plan on continuing the trilogy!...more
MY THOUGHTS I've seen this book around, but never picked it up because of the awkward cover.This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've seen this book around, but never picked it up because of the awkward cover. I saw it at a cheap book sale, though, so I figured "why not?". I probably could've done without reading this book. It wasn't horrible. It's your typical dystopian, but it was just meh overall.
Everyone is getting the bar code tattoo. Everyone over the age of 17 gets one. The tattoo is becoming the new currency and it carries all of your information. What's the big deal? It's not a problem if you have nothing to hide? But normal people's lives are being destroyed by this tattoo, while others are getting promoted. Kayla is against the tattoo and knows that it's dangerous, but when her society is getting closer to it being mandatory, can she keep her promise to herself? And what is in those bar codes?
This book is your typical dystopian. Government tries to be utopia, everyone goes along with it, except for MC, and MC joins rebellion. This isn't bad, but I've seen it all before (though, this book was published before the dystopian craze, so I can't really blame the book). I still liked the idea behind this book. I thought the tattoos were interesting and you really see a sheep-like effect in the population with the introduction to the tattoo, then they ignore any bad rep. It was also interesting seeing how fast and far things escalated. It's sad to say that this is how people would probably react, but it's true. I would also like to mention that there was a surprising kind-of paranormal-ish element to the book. It made it a bit different.
Now, I'm sorry to say that from here on, my review is going to be a bit negative. The book wasn't bad, but I couldn't ignore the flaws. My main problem was the pacing. The pacing was extremely fast, which meant that we were told things rather than shown and some parts were completely skipped over. There is one part where it mentions that Kayla's birthday is weeks ago, then the next chapter she wakes up on her birthday! Where did the time go?
Kayla, as a main character, was okay. I liked that she was into art and how she stands up for what she believes in, but other than that, there really wasn't much to her. The characters in this book felt really flat to me, not just Kayla, everyone.
As for romance, it was there, but it was so flat! There were actually two love interests, but I felt NOTHING for either of them, because their characters were so flat. Also, the thing I like about romance in books is all the feels. The romance was just cardboard. Instead of describing the kiss, it was described as "we kissed". Then they supposedly loved each other and had dates, all of which were skipped over!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book was just "meh". I liked the idea and despite it being a typical dystopian, it had some new ideas. The pacing, though, was too fast and both the characters and romance were pure cardboard. I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't ignore the flaws. As for continuing the series, maybe. If I see it at another book sale, I'll pick it up. Otherwise, I'll just pass....more
MY THOUGHTS I piked this book up sort of impulsively at a cheap used book sale. I didn't reaThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I piked this book up sort of impulsively at a cheap used book sale. I didn't really know much about this book except that it's a thriller. I was a bit disappointed, it wasn't as actiony as I expected, but it was very interesting!
Sara Jane thought her family was normal. They're a bunch of bakers, that's all. Then she comes home to find her family missing and her home ransacked. Turns out her family is part of the Chicago Outfit, basically a long-running mob. Now, Sara Jane is the keeper of the notebook, full of the Outfit's secrets, and must prevent it from getting in the wrong hands, as well as trying to survive, and find her family.
My main problem with this book is that it takes forever for things to happen. The first 150 pages is mostly just backstory. It isn't until then that her family disappears, though Sara Jane alludes to it in the very beginning. I was expecting a thriller, but the first half was a bit dull and just was leading up to the family disappearance, which it took way too long to get to. The second half was much more action packed, with made me happier. I finally got to know what was going on, though was some info-dump but that's okay mostly because Sara Jane didn't know what was going on either. I ended up finding the whole Outfit interesting as well as how everything was organized!
As a main character, Sara Jane is a great one. She's tough and smart. Many others in her situation wouldn't know what to do, but she was able to keep it together and figure things out. Still, she felt real. The other characters in the book didn't feel so real, they felt like there were just there, but most of them were necessary so...
As for romance, there is supposed to be some, but it's hardly there and it just felt so important. Sara Jane kind of has a crush on a boy, but nothing really happens with him. I also really didn't care about him because he was really flat. Good news: the romance didn't distract from the plot.
IN CONCLUSION I sound like I'm just complaining, but I did like this book. It had a compelling plot and a great MC, it just was slow-paced for a thriller and the other characters felt too flat. I don't know if I'll read the next book or not, mostly because I've heard the the second book is a bit of a slump. Maybe I'll read it if I come across it, but otherwise I might pass....more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I'm a bit of a sucker for fairytale retellings, so I snatched this one up right when I saw it! I thought this was a very interesting take on a well known tale and I got sucked in (ha ha) right from the start! This book can now go down as one of my favorite retellings!
Kat is told to clean out the attic and comes across an old stash of picture books, when she accidentally rips one of the books, she gets sucked into the story. Now she has to play out the tale of Cinderella, all the way to the happy ending. But she's not Cinderella, she's one of the stepsisters and nothing seems to be following the story. Since when does Cinderella have another family? Where is the fairy godmother? And why is the prince taking an interest in Kat?
This book was actually very unexpected for me, because it's a retelling but not a strict retelling. I actually enjoy this, even though it made things more difficult for Kat, because it maakes the story completely new and it just all-in all surprised me. There were other things that I weren't expecting, like the child labor, but it did oddly add more to the book. It made the setting feel more real, not all rainbows and butterflies, and also added more to Kat's character.
Kat is actually a very relateable heroine. One might think she's just another one of those YA girls that think they're ugly and awkward, but not. She's not an ugly girl, and she thinks she's more average, but she's cast as "the ugly stepsister" because of how she thinks of herself. I say she's relateable because a lot of girls, me included, feel awkward and whatnot. I also say she's relateable because she likes to read!! I love characters who read! One other thing important about Kat is that she will stand up for what's right and againght what's wrong, hence the child labor thing, and all throughout the book she tried to inish the story to get home to her family, even if she was finding her own happiness.
As for romance, I actually really liked it. It was a bit confusing,, because you want things to happen, but you don't think they will or things will work out differently, but there was no insta-love or other cheesiness that you would expect and I actually really liked the guy.
Now, I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. I'm being vague, but I knew it would end that way, sort of, but it doesn't mean I didn't like it. It also included a trope I hate in books. (view spoiler)[I hate it when characters lose their memory of the entire book!! If you're going to go that route, why not have Kat see a guy at school who is like the prince or something? (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a brilliant retelling and it was very different! I think my only major problem that I had was the ending, but I'll just pretend that it didn't end that way. Anyway, if you're a retellings fan, pick this one up!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where aThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where a main character moved to a new home and falls for a ghost. In fact, I've read a few that have also taken place in Scotland. Many of these books have a cheese factor to them, but this one actually takes on the plot very well and I found it very enjoyable!
Ivy's mom just remarried and her new stepfather is some kind of Scottish Lord, so they're whisked off to the Scottish countryside. Ivy doesn't know how to feel about it, but she wants her mom to be happy, though it's hard when her new grandmother seems to hate Ivy's guts. If only that were the worst of her problems. Ivy suspects that her knew home is haunted. Her stuff is floating everywhere and a voice keeps telling her get out. When she actually comes in contact with the ghost, Logan, she realizes that there's nothing to fear from hi and despite herself, she grows close. But there is something going on and Lucas may be involved, and both of them are in danger.
This book ultimately surprised me. I admit that I was expecting cheesiness. I already mentioned that many other ghosty YA romances are a bit too cheesy for my taste, but the cover and the synopsis didn't help. This book was not cheesy, it was actually very interesting and made a very interesting ghost story. It was much more complex than other paranormal romances. This sounds vague, but this book is a lot more than a ghosty love story!
As for characters, I felt like Ivy was a great MC. She wasn't whiny like some MCs and I overall liked her character. She has a definite personality and she's strong, in the more helpful way, not badass way like most MCs. She's also a musician, while I'm not a musician myself, I always like it when characters have a strong interest of talent. It makes them for more real. There were also a few side characters, like Emma, some of the castle staff, and others. I loved how these guys were on Ivy's side and were willing to help her and believe her.
As for romance, it's not insta-love, so don't look so fearful. The romance also is strong, but not entirely overpowering. Granted, I didn't particularly want Ivy to fall for Logan, because falling for a ghost is pretty much a doomed relationship, but it was okay. First of all, I actually kind of liked Logan. He was actually a pretty nice guy and he really cared for Ivy
IN CONCLUSION I keep saying good things about this book, so you might be wondering "Why the low rating?" Well, to me, this is not a low rating. I liked this book, I enjoyed this book. It was an oddly fun ghosty mystery and I quickly breezed through! If you want to read a quick, but good, YA paranormal, this is a great book to pick up!...more
MY THOUGHTS This wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't click with meThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 2.5 stars
MY THOUGHTS This wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't click with me and ultimately, it's forgettable.
Amelia is staying in Baltimore with family for the spring. She's supposed to be finding marriage opportunities and courting, as well as be in society. But a discovery of a new talent changes things. Amelia has the ability to tell the future and soon others flock to hear their future told, but things get worse when her abilities foretell horrible events. Also, Amelia is falling in love, but with someone who is forbidden to her.
This book begins in the fall of 1889, with Amelia "ruined" and it references events and people vaguely, which is confusing. Then it jumps backwards to the spring, telling the events leading up to the fall. From the beginning, you know that something bad will happen to cause Amelia to be in a dark place. It was very interesting knowing this and it make me read the book with dread. Some parts were very well-done, but I felt like the lead-up was sometimes slow and I was very vague and Amelia's abilities because sometimes I felt like they were passed over too quickly. The ending was well-done and connected nicely to the beginning, but the rest was a bit slow.
I do think the setting and characters were well-done. The historical setting was very well researched! The setting felt completely real, even with the magical elements. The characters were also nice. I liked Amelia and Zora's friendship (even though they're related, they acted like great friends). I also liked their other friendships, though those weren't as strong. Zora and Thomas's relationship was also a great one.
My main problem with this book was the romance. It's insta-love. Amelia falls for Nathaniel when she firsts sees him, they don't even really talk! Also, the romance didn't feel like it was very well-developed, the same for Nathaniel's character. Really, if it weren't for the romance, I would have given this book a higher rating.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I'm pretty 'meh' on this book. The setting and characters are well-done, but while the premise is interesting, I felt like I didn't really get to see and understand Amelia's abilities very well. The main downfall, though, was the romance, which is the dreaded insta-love. I actually do plan on reading the sequel. It's from the perspective of a different character, so there may not be insta-love in that one!...more
MY THOUGHTS I've had this book on my to-read list ever since I first got a Goodreads accountThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've had this book on my to-read list ever since I first got a Goodreads account so it's about time I picked this one up. This book didn't wow me, but it has a very interesting storyline and I overall enjoyed it.
All the females in Joy's family to hear Whispers. Whispers are of people's desires, their wishes. Joy loves hearing Whispers. It lets her help people and she sees it as a gift. Jessica, aka Icka, sees it as a curse and constantly tries to make everyone miserable. When Icka disappears and Joy's gift begins changing, Joy begins to wonder more about her gift and what it might have done to Icka.
I love the idea behind this book. I've read books with mind reading, but this book is not about mind reading. Joy can only hear the desires of people and it's interesting how much she loves being able to hear Whispers. It lets her be able to help people. I feel like we didn't get to know everything about this ability, as so much was dropped near the end, but I still feel like it was a really great idea and was done very well!
I think the Whispers are important to the book, but I felt like the relationships were also important, especially Joy's and Icka's. In the beginning, you really do not like Icka. It's not because she's an outcast, but because she tried everything to make Joy miserable. It's horrible. It's hard to like her and to understand her, I still have a hard time liking her after reading the book. Even though Icka was horrible to Joy, Joy still went looking for her and Icka still cared for Joy. It's an odd relationship, but it's very important.
My one main issue with this book is how long it took to get to the major plot. Most of the book was about Joy's Whispers and it was very slow-paced leading to what happens with her sister, which isn't really until the very end. I like learning about the Whispers, Joy, and other characters, but not a whole lot happens and it kind of bothers me when they mention something in the synopsis that doesn't happen until the last half of the book.
IN CONCLUSION This book has a very unique premise and besides some slow pacing, it's a wonderful book with a slight paranormal twist. This book is also a very quick read and a solid standalone! Overall, I enjoyed reading this book!...more
I have a really weird relationship with this series. I don't particularity like the characters. Arelia isn't bad, but she does bother me sometimes. OtI have a really weird relationship with this series. I don't particularity like the characters. Arelia isn't bad, but she does bother me sometimes. Other characters just don't strike a chord in me. Throughout most of the book I just felt disjointed from everything, I don't even know why. Is it because things were going so fast? The writing? What? I really don't know. Despite my troubles with the books in this series, I keep coming back, wanting to know more. Mostly, it's because the story is always so interesting and complicated and I feel like it's growing more so as the series continues. I like this about this series, y the way, it keeps me surprised. Also, I must admit, that with each book, I find out more an more until the twisty end, in which there's a cliffy. Yep, I'm definitely reading book 4....more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I adore the premise of parallel worlds, it's probably my all-time favorite topic, and I will pick up anything that even mentions them! I felt like this book incorporated parallel worlds very well! This book was intriguing, fast-paced, with lots of twist!
This book takes place in an alternate future. In Stel's world, there's a mysterious portal, called The Corridor, that takes you to an alternate Earth, Earth 2. The problem is that The Corridor is dangerous. More than half of Earth 2's population died with he creation of The Corridor. A burst of energy from The Corridor accidentally gave Stel the ability to travel to other alternate Earth's, safely, but she must hide her ability. When the people of her Earth start going dangerous routes to erase The Corridor, Stel knows that their routes could destroy their world, but she's powerless to stop them. Stel has to travel to other Earth's to find out more about The Corridor and how it can safely be destroyed.
There was a lot going on in this book! This book does not have a pacing problem at all! In fact, there was so much going on and so much information to grasp, that sometimes it just felt like too much. That's one of the few downfalls of this book, but for a first book in a series it's kind of hard not to dump a bunch of info. Especially with such a scientifically packed novel! Despite this, I still felt like the world-building (world-buildings?) was well-done. My tiny brain could still grasp the science and be astounded by all the action and twists occurring in the book! I really need to stop and appreciate the amount of work, research, and just overall imagination it takes to create this story! Also, PARALLEL WORLDS! Like I said, I adore it when books include parallel worlds and I was not disappointed in this aspect and it actually made me really enjoy this book.
As for romance, it was okay. It wasn't annoying or bad, but it didn't click with me completely. The love interest was a great guy, but he's kind off your average love interest.
Lastly, I would like the warn you that there is a bit of a cliffhanger.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very surprising read with a very intriguing plot! I had a few minor issues, but I overall enjoyed this book and think it's a fabulous sci-fi! I'm looking forward to reading the next book!...more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of Kate Avery Ellison's other books, so I immediately wanted to read this book! This isn't my all-time favorite book from her, but it's still a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it!
This book takes place in a fantasy world similar to a historical version of our society. Verity comes from a rich family and lives a wealthy life. It's when a unknown person called Hawk begins to attack various rich plantations and free the servants (who are essentially slaves) that Verity begins to realize the lives of the lower class.
Kate Avery Ellison always does a great of merging different genres together. This book is a fantasy book, but has a strong historical feeling to it. I know a lot of fantasy books have historical aspects to them, but most of them are more Middle Ages feel and have magic and whatnot. This book has more of an 1800's vibe and it's main fantasy aspect is the different countries and people, not magic. Doesn't make it any less fantasy, in fact, the whole world in this book was very well-developed. Also, we got a feel of the world through Verity, so no big info-dumps!
As for the plot, this book was so interesting. I don't know, I was so invested in this book, I didn't want to put it down! This book wasn't exactly fast-paced, but it's so riveting!
As for characters, Verity is a great main character. She goes through a lot of growth in this book. She awakens to what is going on and it changes her. I liked how she wanted to help and change what was going on, though she was powerless to help. Also, she's a girl with fierceness in her, which is supposed to be improper with girls in her society, but it only gives her more strength and makes an even more fabulous character.
As for romance, there was some, but it wasn't as developed as I thought it should be. It wasn't bad though, no insta-love or triangles here. In fact, it included a trope I love. It just didn't feel like it was entirely developed.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book! It's a wonderful standalone and I had such a hard time putting it down! I strongly recommend reading this book and any other books written by Kate Avery Ellison! She's a wonderful author and I look forward to reading more from her!...more